Videos: Elk Win “Best of Show” at the International Wildlife Film Festival

Candice Gaukel Andrews March 7, 2013 9

Elk bugles communicate information, such as a bull is in the area with his harem or that cows are straying too far or otherwise displeasing the bull. ©From the video “Bugling Elk,” Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Big yet graceful, elk (Cervus elaphus) are one of my favorite animals to spot in the wild. They are, in fact, the most abundant large mammal found in Yellowstone National Park, and paleontological evidence suggests they have had a continuous presence there for at least a thousand years.

More than 30,000 elk from about eight different herds summer in Yellowstone, and approximately 20,000 spend the winter in the park. The type of elk that lives in Yellowstone is found from Arizona to northern Canada along the Rocky Mountain chain. In Wisconsin where I live, elk have been reintroduced to our great Northwoods, and the highlight of any road trip there is catching a glimpse of one of these imposing and handsome beings.

Recently, a video produced for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation won the Best of Show award at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. To celebrate the animals’ recent movie fame, watch the two videos below, made by The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The first, titled Elk Minute—The Morning, gives you a glimpse of a herd in the wild. The second, Bugling Elk, will familiarize you with the calls of elk, should you be fortunate enough to hear them during your national park wanders.

Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,




  1. Art Hardy March 9, 2013 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Critters are cool!

  2. Christine Anderson March 9, 2013 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Candice, this is absolutely beautiful. Wish I was there. I’ll definitely have to put this on my “to go” list. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Ed Wetschler March 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Candice, even Kenny G couldn’t ruin this for me; what a wonderful video!

  4. Lorna Smith March 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    This is a great film depicting intact ecosystems, predator and prey species that now live together in Yellowstone and elsewhere across the West. But one species that interacts with elk is conspicuously missing: Where are the wolves, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation? They should be shown here, too! Now THAT would be a truly stunning film….

  5. Mauverneen Blevins March 8, 2013 at 8:54 am - Reply


  6. Myint Shwe March 8, 2013 at 3:49 am - Reply

    Cervus eldi eldi is found in central of Myanmar. More than 1000 individuals are pocked in Chathin wildlife sanctuary, Sagaing division.

  7. Judy March 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply


  8. Joan Fisher March 7, 2013 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    The Elk Refuge in Jackson is just breathtaking. My husband and I were out there for a week last March and spent a lot of time in the refuge with every visit providing more amazing photo opportunities. Can’t wait to get back there!

  9. Carlyn Kline March 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Food for the soul!

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